MIAMI -- Cruise lines
this week are tackling whether their ships could be converted into
floating hotels for refugees from Hurricane Katrinas devastation or
for disaster recovery workers.
Carnival Cruise Lines
said Aug. 31 that it had received an initial inquiry from the
federal government about using cruise ships for Katrina relief
Although to undertake
such an endeavor would involve many complicated issues, we are
actively taking a look at it, the line said in a statement. We are
immensely saddened and concerned for the people of the Gulf Coast
who have been devastated by this storm.
Cruises CEO Richard Fain told TravelWeekly.com that his company had
been in contact with the government: We are looking at it and
talking to both state and federal [agencies], he said, to see if
theres some way to make a difference.
And at NCL Corp., a
spokeswoman said NCL was just beginning to explore options on how
the company can assist.
If it is feasible, the
company will look at moving ships to accommodate relief workers,
she added. However, at this time we dont have ships in the area
that could do this.
"We are in close touch
with relevant authorities and agencies to see if there is anything
practical that the company can do to help further at this
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].